Monday, October 04, 2010


After a vicious bidding war for an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, Fox came out victorious (Variety). Studio will place Tim Burton in the producer's chair and Timur Bakmambetov to direct.

Pre-production starts immediately on the $69 million movie with a 2012 release slated.

Here is what Bakmambetov had to say about AL:VH -
"It is not a comedy at all – it is a very entertaining, epic history lesson for millions and millions of teenagers. If you remember Night Watch, it is maybe in the vein of that kind of movie. We are keeping the traditional look of Lincoln – the big hat and the beard. He has to be historically correct, but with a few special weapons."

And here is Publisher's Weekly's (via /Film) book overview - "Seth Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln’s life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author’s decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace."

I think the project gives us another unique slant on vampires to enjoy. I really liked watching both LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and the Americanized version LET ME IN too. I was excited to hear about this idea long before finding out that Burton intends to bring it to screens in 3D. Now I am doubly thrilled. I am not sure how slavery fits into the story, but hopefully it is done with tact. No word on whether it will be native or converted yet - will fill you in when I find out!

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